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AAMA Updates Thermal Barrier Analysis

Carl Weinschenk

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated technical information on composite thermal barrier systems. “Structural Performance of Thermal Barrier Framing Systems” (AAMA TIR-A8-16) is the first update since 2008. Rich Rinka, the AAMA’s Technical Manager for Standards and Industry Affairs and one of the report authors, highlighted the importance of thermal barriers in an   …Continue Reading


University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chooses Performance Services

Carl Weinschenk

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and design-build energy performance contractor Performance Services have entered a $19.3 million energy performance contract (EPC) through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program. The project will install LEDs and upgrade water, building envelope, HVAC and controls across the campus, according to the press release. Other elements of   …Continue Reading


A Deep Retrofit with a Message

Carl Weinschenk

The American Geophysical Union is about to embark on a year-long project. The goals are to make the AGU’s headquarters net-zero–and show other organizations how it’s done.


The Boulder Valley School District Goes Big on Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

A multiyear, multiphase project aims to cut use as far as it will go.


Schneider Electric Working with 3 NJ School Districts

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric has signed energy savings improvement programs with three school districts in New Jersey. The agreements are with the Delran Township School District, Pennsauken Public Schools and the West Deptford School District. In all, 21 facilities are involved. The $4.5 million Delran project will involve multiple projects, including new air conditioning units, lighting retrofits   …Continue Reading


Orem, UT Gets an Energy Facelift

Carl Weinschenk

Orem, with a population of almost 90,000 (according to the 2010 census), is the fifth largest city in Utah. An ongoing project has grown from street light replacements to encompass a wide variety of energy upgrades and retrofits. The city’s initial goal was to replace 5,128 street lights. Before the issuance of a request for   …Continue Reading


Trane Upgrading 125 Buildings in Birmingham, AL

Carl Weinschenk

Trane is partnering with Birmingham, AL, to improve energy savings in 125 city structures. The $61.3 million project is aimed at cutting energy and operational costs 30 percent annually and to save more than $100 million during the next twenty years. The press release says that water upgrades will be made in 119 building; HVAC   …Continue Reading


Alpen Introduces Window Package Rated at R10 Insulation

Carl Weinschenk

Alpen High Performance Products has introduced a fixed window package providing an R10 insulation value, the company says. The rating on the ZR10 double-film fixed window design was attested to by National Certified Testing Laboratories and the National Fenestration Rating Council. The windows are eligible for Energy Star certification. The company says that the ZR10   …Continue Reading


The Benefits of Continuous Insulation

Carl Weinschenk

Batts–individual sections of insulation–don’t do the trick. Encircling a building from top to bottom saves energy and provides other, more subtle, benefits.


Do You Have an Insulation Strategy?

Carl Weinschenk

Insulation is important — and evolving. Within the last couple of months there have been changes to requirements in California and New York City and a green insulation standard has been introduced.